2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award Ceremony

Monday, November 18, 2013, 7 - 8:30pm

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MONDAY NOVEMBER 18 2013 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM | THE GREAT HALL

Keynote by John Picard, architect and world-renowned sustainability expert
2013 Challenge Prize Awarded to Ecovative - Eben Bayer, Gavin McIntyre
Interface Support Awarded by CEO Dan Hendrix to Waterbank Schools - David Turnbull, Jane Harrison

Also Celebrating Design Challenge Runner-Up Echale a tu Casa and Honorable Mentions, The Green Chemistry Commitment and Public Laboratory for Open Science and Technology

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) will award the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge prize to Ecovative, a materials science company that has developed a new class of home-compostable bio-plastics based on mushrooms on November 18th at The Cooper Union.  In addition, Challenge sponsor Interface Inc. will convey an award of support to the Waterbank Schools, headed by designers and social entrepreneurs David Turnbull, a professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, and Jane Harrison, for its transformative building prototype for poor areas in need of water.

The ceremony will include a keynote talk by architect and world-renowned sustainability expert John Picard in conversation with BFI Board Chair David McConville. 

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is an annual international design challenge awarding $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.  The competition is supported by Interface Inc., Halloran Philanthropies and others. 

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is supported by Interface, Inc., Halloran Philanthropies + others.
The event is made possible through partnerships with The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and The Buckminster Fuller Institute.
This is a Marfa Dialogues / NY Event


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For more information on the Buckminster Fuller Challenge email  or visit
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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.